Nieca Goldberg, MD
Medical Director of Atria New York City
Clinical Associate Professor, NYU Grossman School of Medicine
A National Spokesperson for the American Heart Association
Former Medical Director of NYU Women's Heart Program
Senior Advisor, Women's Health Strategy, NYU Langone Health
Founder and Former Medical Director, Joan H. Tisch Center for Women's Health
Dr. Nieca Goldberg is medical director of Atria New York City and former NYU Women's Heart Program senior advisor women's health strategy NYU Langone Health; the founder and former medical director of the Joan H. Tisch Center for Women's Health at the NYU Langone Medical Center; and clinical associate professor, NYU Grossman School of Medicine. She is also the co-medical director of the 92nd Street Y's Cardio Rehab Program, a cardiologist, author, radio show host on Doctor Radio SIRIUS XM 81 of "Beyond the Heart," and a nationally recognized pioneer in women's heart health. Dr. Goldberg is a national spokesperson for the American Heart Association and started the "Go Red for Women" campaign.
Dr. Goldberg is the author of "Dr. Nieca Goldberg's Complete Guide to Women's Health." She has also authored the award-winning and highly acclaimed book, "Women Are Not Small Men," which was updated and titled "The Women's Healthy Heart Program — Lifesaving Strategies for Preventing and Healing Heart Disease," published by Ballantine Books.
A graduate of Barnard College and SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, Dr. Goldberg completed her medical residency at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center and a cardiology fellowship at SUNY Downstate.
Dr. Goldberg's research and medical publications focus on cardiovascular disease in women, exercise imaging and exercise. She is often asked by the media for her expert interpretation of current studies and medical news. Dr. Goldberg has made numerous appearances on programs such as The Today Show, The View, Good Morning America, The Early Show and CBS Evening News. In addition, she has been featured and interviewed by reporters from The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, New York Post, New York Daily News, Fitness Magazine, More, Glamour, Good Housekeeping and many others discussing woman's health and heart disease. She serves on the Woman's Day Editorial Advisory Board.
Through the years Dr. Goldberg was celebrated, again and again, on New York Magazine's "Best Doctors" list, In 1999, she was the only woman in its top 10 "Hall of Fame of Physicians." The recipient of numerous awards for her advocacy for women's heart health, she received the American Heart Association's "Dr. with Heart" award, Woman's Day magazine's "Red Dress" award, Jewish Women International's "Women to Watch" award and The Women at Heart 2006 Honoree Award from the Links Greater New York Chapter.Full Bio
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One of the most difficult things for female patients to discuss with their cardiologist is their sexual health. It is one of the most commonly missed topics at a cardiology visit, but it is a concern for women living with heart disease and for their partners.
Besides general embarrassment, generational values may get in the way of asking questions. But maintaining a happy and healthy sex life is important for your overall health and well-being, even if you live with cardiovascular disease.
Don't be afraid to discuss this with your doctor and, if your doctor is male, feel free to request the presence of a female nurse or other health practitioner during your discussion. Here are some things to keep in mind:
Get checked out. If you've experienced a cardiovascular event, ask your doctor to evaluate you to be sure it's safe to engage in sexual activity. This is particularly important if you have had a recent heart attack, heart failure, a complex heart rhythm condition or uncontrolled cardiac symptoms.
If your doctor gives you the green light, the relatively short duration of sexual activity won't generally put an undue stress on the heart. The rule of thumb: If you can walk up two flights of stairs, that level of exercise tolerance indicates it is safe to resume sexual activity. But always check with your doctor first.
Don't skip your meds. Do not stop taking your medications, even if you think they're affecting your sex drive. Instead, discuss this with your doctor and see if the medication needs to be adjusted or changed. If you have heart disease, hormone replacement and oral contraceptives should not be used, but topical estrogen cream has been used safely for vaginal dryness.
Build your energy back up. Getting serious about your cardiac rehabilitation and maintaining regular physical activity can give you the stamina you need to resume sexual activity.
Get your cuddles in. Touching and holding your partner can ease you back into physical intimacy in a comfortable, low-stress way.
Make a date. Planning time for intimacy can be a stepping stone back to regular sexual activity.
For more information, visit the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women